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Bayelsa Community laments over Oil Spill

Oil spill is reportedly hitting hard on Kalaba community in Okordia clan of Yenagoa area of Bayelsa State. The spills, discovered recently in the area are spreading fast to the swamps and forest, bringing the ecosystem in the community under a serious threat.

The Paramount ruler of the community, Chief Roman Orukali, said on Wednesday that though some officials of the company visited the area, the spill had yet to be put under control.

He said "Agip came to the site on August 5 though they could not reach the area because of water, up till now the oil is still bubbling and it is heading towards the swamp. That is one of the fishing swamps we have and if not cleaned up in time, it will affect us adversely.

"They don’t attend to spill on time. So, I am appealing to the Federal Government to prevail on the company to return to the spill site on time and do the necessary clean-up and remediation."

The youth leader of the community, Mr. Samuel Opuro, said aquatic and farming activities were worst hit by the spills.

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